With 50 different states, the United States of America is one of the most famous and frequented countries among travelers around the world, especially backpackers. The country has it all, right from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and historical monuments, to lip-smacking food, world-renowned Hollywood movies, and natural wonders. Apart, the USA has a large cultural and historical heritage, and these cultures are all celebrated through various festivals and events that offer a great chance to mingle with the locals and get a taste of the region’s culture in the process. If you are a cultural enthusiast, then attend the festivals of America that range from music festivals, and cultural festivals to food and wine festivals as part of USA Tour Packages. Among so many festivals, we’ve rounded up the top festivals that deserve a place on your itinerary during your visit to the United States of America
Kutztown Folk Festival
Mardi Gras Festival is one of the more colorful and thrilling events celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana in the USA. This festival is celebrated in February and March that stretches for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is marked by grand parades, giant floats, flashy costumes, masquerade balls, street parties, live jazz music, and overflowing food and booze. Festival-goers throw colorful party cups and other light objects in the air to celebrate the festival, and the dress code for this festival consists of the colors gold, purple and green which signify power, justice, and faith. Nearly 1.4 million people join Mardi Gras making it one of the most attended festivals in America
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Held in New Mexico, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is one of the largest hot-air balloon festivals in the world. Celebrated every year during early October since 1972, it is spread over 9 days, and up to 500 balloons are flown every year. Imagine witnessing scores of hot air balloons of all possible shapes, sizes, and colors gliding through the crisp fall air and filling the early morning sky. Obviously, the mass ascension that features over 500 hot air balloons soaring above the 78-acre Balloon Fiesta Park is one of the world’s most photographed events. Apart, the event also features a tremendous amount of music and entertainment across three stages, with activities including skydiving shows, balloon races, chainsaw carving competitions, fireworks, and more. Besides, the event will allow you to fly up in a hot air balloon
Celebrated across the Hawaiian Island annually, the Aloha Festival is the only statewide cultural festival celebrated in the USA to keep alive the Hawaiian culture and traditions. It is a month-long festival and it features over a hundred events including Hula performances, street parties, art and craft exhibitions, floral parades, dance, and music performances as well as some food tasting and workshops to learn about the Hawaiian culture. The celebrations are done on one island instead of being celebrated on different islands. Attracting a large number of crowds, it is one of the fun-filled festivals celebrated in the USA which is ideal for all types of travelers like families with kids.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of the biggest and most famous music festivals in the USA as well as in the world. This event is celebrated over 2 weekends in April at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This annual event brings in people from all over the world, and a large number of the world’s top artists, across different genres, come together for a week-long celebration of music. Furthermore, you may find yourself standing right next to renowned celebrities who come here to enjoy the great music and the delicious food stalls. The annual event also showcases beautiful art installations and sculptures.